Spring Book Fair!

Scholastic Book Fair will be at Graham from May 14 - 18, including OPEN HOUSE! 

Volunteers needed - set up/pack up & after school.

Get ready for Summer Reading with Scholastic Books!

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Calendar 2018-19

SARC Available

Notice to parents: An electronic version of our School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is available by clicking here.

In addition, a paper copy is available in our school office for you to view.



We have moved! Visit us at http://graham.newarkunified.org/

Site Council Representatives Needed!

The Graham Elementary Site Council (SSC) is now accepting nominations for parent members on the SSC.  We will have 4 open seats.  This is a two-year term, September 2018 - June 2020.  


The School Site Council serves the students and the school by:

  • developing the single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) with teachers and support staff
  • implementing and monitoring the SPSA
  • evaluating the SPSA to see if SPSA goals are met


From the Principal - Ms. Akilah Byrd

Principal’s Message


The 2017-2018 school year is drawing to a close. It’s so hard to believe that we are entering the final six weeks of school! What a wonderful year that we have had thus far.


We are beginning our standardized testing for 3rd-6th graders. Testing will take place during the first 2 weeks of May. It is imperative that all of our scholars are present and on time each day. Also, please help to ensure that students are well-rested and have enough time to eat breakfast before the start of school. In addition, please try to not schedule any appointments that would require students to be taken out of school early. Our scholars have worked really hard throughout this year learning all that they can, and now it's time for them to do their best on the test! We invite you all to see more of their learning displayed at Open House on 5/17/18. We hope that you’re able to make it!


Parents continue to express concerns about the school’s congested parking lot. As the weather warms up, I urge you all to walk, bicycle or carpool (if needed) to school. Not only will this help with traffic, but it also helps promote a cleaner environment for all.


Lastly, I want to express my sincerest appreciation for ALL of our parent volunteers who contribute their quality time to make Graham a better place. This collaboration is a critical part to the success of Graham and we could not do it without you...thank you for all of your continued support!


There is no “I” in Team, but we sure are glad that there is “U” in volunteers!



Akilah Byrd




Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019  school year begins March 13.

Matrícula de Kindergarten para el Año Escolar 2019-2019 -  Comienza el 13 de Marzo.


If you have a child turning 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018, he/she is eligible for kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.


Registration packets for Kindergarten are available in Graham’s office.  


To complete the registration, you will need to turn in the completed registration packet to the office along with:

  1. Your child’s original Birth Certificate (certificate of live birth from the county of birth, not a hospital certificate) or Passport.

  1. Proof of residency – a current rental agreement or mortgage statement AND a current PG&E or water bill (no copies).    (2 proofs of address).

  1. Proof that you child has had a physical no sooner than March 1, 2018.  The physical must include either a TB test or a statement from the doctor that your child is not at risk of contracting TB.

  1. A copy of your child’s up to date immunization record.  The immunization requirements are: 4 doses of Polio, 5 doses of DPT (the last dose given after the 2nd birthday), 2 doses of measles and 1 of mumps and rubella (usually both given as MMR, both must be on or after the 1st birthday), 3 doses of Hepatitis B, and 1 dose of Varicella.

  1. An oral health assessment performed by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional.

Traffic Safety - seguridad vial

As we begin the school year, Newark Police Department will begin citing drivers whenever necessary to encourage compliance of traffic laws and to reinforce that safety of our children is a priority.

There have been multiple incidents endangering children even a child being struck and several near misses.  Please remember that children’s cognitive abilities are still developing and they lack training and experience in traffic safety.  

Keys to avoid receiving a citation:

  • Drive Slow
  • Do not make illegal U-turns
  • Have car seats for children
  • Have seat belts on all passengers
  • Make a “full-stop” at stop signs

Putting our children at risk is not worth the few minutes you may save by rushing and breaking these suggestions.  Newark Unified School District and the Newark Police Department want to keep everyone safe.

Safety reminders for children walking to school:

  • Walk, don’t run across the street
  • Look left, look right and left again
  • Obey Walk/Wait signals
  • Do not cross at mid-block locations
  • Use crosswalks

Safety reminders for children biking to school:

  • Always wear a properly fastened and fitted helmet
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Ride in the same direction as motor vehicles
  • Check traffic when changing lanes, crossing streets or turning
  • Use hand signals

Order Yearbook Now!

It's Yearbook Time! 

Order your yearbook online here.       

Cost:  $15.00

Due date:  May 18, 2018

Cash or checks made out to Graham GPS.

Delivered:  Week of June 11, 2018

SAFE SCHOOLS in Difficult Times



It is always a special occasion when your

child has a birthday. To minimize disruption

of our learning time, cupcakes, balloons and

food are not allowed in class for school day


Feel free to distribute treats in the

courtyard after school only.